Human Rights

Murray State University 1961 Shield Yearbook, Courtesy of Wesley Bolin at Pogue Library

A group of six college students walked from Murray State University across the street to a small restaurant, about to quietly protest its “white-only” policy. Entering the establishment, the five white boys from New York ordered meals for the group. When the food was ready, Nancy Tyler Demartra, the first African American to attend MSU full-time and eventually graduate, stood up to pay. When the cashiers refused her money, the entire group said “no, thanks,” and walked out. It took about three months of visits like these, but with the help of others on campus the group finally pushed the restaurant to adopt an “open” serving policy. That was 1961. Fifty-four years later, Nancy speaks with Kate on Sounds Good about her experiences at MSU and her accomplishments in the Human and Civil Rights arenas.

Ludovic Bertron, Wikimedia Commons

Due to low registration, the Murray Human Rights Commission has postponed a business and community training session geared toward a proposed human rights ordinance revision.

Allison Crawford

Murray City residents voiced their comments on a new Human Rights Ordinance draft that would protect people of all gender identities and sexual orientations  at last night's Town Hall meeting.

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The Murray City Council will vote tonight whether to advance an updated human rights ordinance that would protect people of different sexual orientations and gender identities.

Amnesty Murray Group Brings Human Rights Home

May 5, 2014
Amnesty Murray, Facebook

The Kentucky chapter of Amnesty International is holding training and advisement seminars across Kentucky, to coordinate grassroots efforts addressing human rights issues locally, nationally and abroad. Area Coordinator Jessica Evans and incoming Murray State group coordinator Ben Linzy speak with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good about some of the recent efforts of Amnesty Murray, after the recent national conference "Bringing Human Rights Home," which Evans attended.